Latin American Integration in a Turbulent World


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After the election of Donald Trump in the US, the Brexit vote, political troubles in the eurozone, and the collapse of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Latin America faces an unstable and chaotic global landscape. In this moment of uncertainty, what are the prospects for a renewed regional agenda focused on trade and cooperation? Can Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance overcome their respective structural limitations to work together? What role does China play as US influence diminishes even further? Can regional leaders collaborate to face many pending, pressing challenges, including the crisis in Venezuela? In light of the rapidly changing context, do “Latin America” and “South America” still make sense as economic and political units? 

The Dialogue is pleased to host an open discussion about this new and uncertain landscape and the possibilities for integration in Latin America. 

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Andrés Malamud

Senior research fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (@andresmalamud)

Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue

Monica de Bolle

Senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (@bollemdb)


Luis Miguel Castilla

Manager, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, Inter-American Development Bank 




Andrés Malamud is an Argentine comparative political scientist and an expert on regional integration, foreign policy, and political institutions. Monica de Bolle is a Brazilian economist focusing on macroeconomics, foreign exchange policy, monetary and fiscal policy, and trade and inequality. Luis Miguel Castilla is a Peruvian economist who previously served as Ambassador to the US, Minister of Economy and Finance, and chief economist atCAF—Development Bank of Latin America.